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Commission Approves Release of Request for Proposals for the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative

ATLANTA, April 2, 2014 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) has taken another step forward in solar energy development in Georgia and unanimously approved the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids for the development of 495Megawatts (MW) of solar generation to go on line in 2015 and 2016. The RPF will be posted today on the web site of Accion, Inc., the Independent Evaluator, at Interested bidders should apply through this web site through April 30, 2014. The Commission is expected to make a decision regarding this RFP by December 16, 2014.

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Commission Reminds Georgians That April Is National Safe Digging Month

ATLANTA, April 1, 2014 – The Georgia Public Service Commission reminds all Georgians that April is National Safe Digging Month and that anyone who plans to excavate where underground utilities are located must call 8-1-1 before they dig. Damage from excavation activities to gas and water pipelines, along with sewer systems and buried distribution power lines, remains a leading cause of utility incidents resulting in death or injury.

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Commission Urges Congress to Act to End Georgia Ratepayers Fees for Nuclear Waste Disposal Site

ATLANTA, March 18, 2014 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Georgia Congressional Delegation to act immediately to accept the Department of Energy (DOE) recommendation to adjust to zero the current fee charged to Georgia Power Company ratepayers for the Nuclear Waste Fund. Today's Commission action follows the November 19, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. decision that mandated the Secretary of Energy to submit a proposal to Congress to adjust the current Nuclear Waste Fund fee to zero until such time as either the DOE resumes work toward the Yucca Mounty project or until Congress provides for an alternative waste management plan.

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Nuclear Waste Resolution

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Georgia PSC Congratulates National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on its 125th Anniversary

ATLANTA, March 5, 2014 – "On behalf of the Georgia Public Service Commission, I'd like to congratulate the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on reaching a milestone 125-year anniversary today. NARUC provides an innumerable amount of services for its members, from education to networking to sharing best practices. The lessons we learn from our colleagues across the country help us make better and more informed decisions here in Georgia. NARUC provides the foundation that lets this happen," said Commission Chairman Chuck Eaton.

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Commissioners Applaud Signing of Federal Loan Guarantee for Nuclear Power Plant Vogtle Construction Project

Atlanta, Georgia, February 21, 2014 -- Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr. (R-Habersham County) and Doug Everett (R-Albany) are applauding the U.S. Energy Department's finalization of $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to assist Georgia Power with the construction of two new units at its Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant. Both Commissioners joined with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz; Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers; Chairman, President and Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning; and U.S. Congressman John Barrow, House of Representatives, 12th District of Georgia, for the formal signing ceremony yesterday at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro, Georgia.

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Commission Recognizes Georgia Power Efforts in Restoring Electricity to Customers Affected by Winter Storms

ATLANTA, February 18, 2014 –The Georgia Public Service Commission (Commission) today publicly recognized Georgia Power Company for its extraordinary work in restoring power to more than 700,000 customers who were left without electricity as a result of the winter ice and storm last week. Commissioners applauded the Georgia Power crews who worked around the clock during the three day event to restore customers affected by power outages. Georgia Power's Emergency Operations

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Commissioner McDonald Briefs Federal Officials on Georgia Progress in Solar Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C, February 12, 2014— Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr.(R-Habersham County) briefed White House energy advisors this week on the Georgia Public Service Commission's approval of additional solar power generation capacity into the state's electric system without placing upward pressure on rates or using ratepayer subsidies. The Commission last year approved an additional 525 Megawatts of solar capacity in Georgia Power's 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This decision brings the total solar capacity that will be on line in Georgia by the end of 2015 to 800 Megawatts.

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McDonald Calls on Congress to Take Action on the Nuclear Waste Fund

Atlanta, February 4, 2014 – Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr, today urged the U.S. Congress to take action on developing a plan for a Nuclear Waste Repository. "It's time for Congress to step up and ensure compliance with the plan which called for a Nuclear Waste Repository back in 1982," said McDonald. He noted that Georgia electric ratepayers have paid more than $1.3 billion (including interest) into the Nuclear Waste Repository Fund since 1982, yet to date no repository exists.

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